Butterfield & Robinson has expanded its global offering with over 20 new itineraries debuting in 2020. As part of the new collection of small-group trips, the company will venture to all-new destinations including Nepal, Mongolia and Georgia while also adding new wellness-driven programming and unveiling a new fleet of custom road- and e-bikes.
“We are excited to continue offering travelers new adventures with our expanded portfolio of trips, including five first-time country destinations and a wellness portfolio. We hope these expansions in our offerings including the itineraries, along with our new fleet of bikes, continues to provide an array of trip experiences that suit all our travelers,” says Luc Robinson, president and chief experience officer, in a statement. “In addition, we continue to see consistent growth in our Private Trips, which can be customized for large groups whether they are celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or other milestones. Specifically, we have seen growth in destinations such as the UK, Croatia, Greece and South America and are consistently expanding our private offerings to meet our travelers’ needs.”
Nepal, Mongolia, Azores, Georgia and Bulgaria are the new destinations that Butterfield & Robinson are entering, bringing its reach to 61 countries worldwide. Highlights from the new trips include:
Nepal Hiking (Nov 5-14 & Dec 14-Jan 2 2020): Set against a backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, this ten-day itinerary includes visits to Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries along with cliffside hikes, helicopter rides and game drives.
Georgia Wine Country Walking (May 17-24, Jun 14-21, Sep 13-20 & Oct 4-11, 2020): Soak up the beauty of the mountain scenery and rich history of Georgia, while enjoying the relatively undiscovered yet delicious food scene and learning about the ancient wine culture during this eight-day itinerary.
Mongolia Active Expedition (Jun 26- Jul 5 & Jun 26-Jul 5 & Jul 29-Aug7, 2020):Meander through the Gobi desert and connect with nomadic herders and native wildlife, while traveling by camel, horse and kayak. Complete the adventure with a stay in a private ger camp in the Jalman Meadows.
In total, Butterfield & Robinson has added 24 new trips to its library for 2020. In addition to the company’s foray into new destinations, a number of new experiences have been added within countries already in the B&R portfolio. They include:
Rwanda Walking + Gorilla Trekking (May 20-28, 2020):Explore the rich history of the country by hiking with one of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, tasting the local tea cultivated within the forest and exploring coffee plantations and washing stations.
Finland Winter Multi-Active (February 2-8 & Mar 8-14, 2020): A winter adventure includes dashing through pine forests with huskies, a nighttime snowmobile ride and travel with reindeer, all while the Northern Lights dance overhead.
Burgundy Canal Cruise Biking (June 7-13, 2020):Aboard a luxury barge, cruise along the charming Burgundy Canals, while hopping off to pedal through the peaceful scenery, and stopping for wine tastings along the way.
Butterfield & Robinson is also debuting its first-ever collection of wellness-driven trips that feature an emphasis on both mental and physical wellbeing. These new experiences include an Ischia to Capri Walking & Wellness trip where travelers will take part in morning yoga, a trip to the award-winning holistic spa in the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa among other activities.
Other wellness trips include
- Dolomites E-Biking, Hiking & Wellness
- Douro Valley Walking & Wellness
- Ischia to Capri Walking & Wellness
- Turquoise Coast Walking & Wellness
- Himalayas Hiking & Wellness Private
- Bhutan Hiking & Wellness Private
Butterfield & Robinson has also now expanded its winter offerings, with a new collection of cold-weather expeditions. From a hiking adventure discovering the runoff glacier Gigjokull beneath the Northern Lights in Iceland to a trip to Northern Scandinavia where guests can uncover a remote amethyst mine by snowmobile, these itineraries include:
- Dolomites Winter Multi-Active
- Finland Winter Multi-Active
- Scandinavia Winter Multi-Active Private
- Quebec Winter Multi-Active Private
- Rocky Mountain Winter Multi-Active Private
- Iceland Winter Multi-Active Private
With the popularity of e-bikes on the rise for all levels of cyclists, Butterfield & Robinson has also announced an all-new fleet of custom e-bikes that will roll out across their European trips for 2020. Created in collaboration with French brand, Moustache Bikes, the new e-bikes feature an industry-leading Bosch e-system, which means the motor is located in the center of the bike giving it a more natural-feeling riding experience. Additionally, since e-bikes are notoriously heavy, these bikes are made with an aluminum frame and carbon fork making them surprisingly lightweight and easy to ride.
The brand is also introducing a new fleet of road and hybrid bikes that were custom designed in-house using feedback from former B&R travelers. Former Butterfield & Robinson guide and engineer, Tim McDermott, led the redesign of the bikes and the resulting products feature lightweight frames with more user-friendly and comfortable riding components.